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Sustainability and your Tucson Bathroom

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes BR564219000

Living here in the desert, you can bet that water conservation is paramount!

But, did you know that the bathroom is the biggest water hog in your home? Toilets use about 24% of household water, and showers another 20%. But it's not just water – bathrooms also consume a lot of electricity for lighting and temperature control.

As more Tucson homeowners embrace sustainability, the bathroom is a prime spot for eco-friendly upgrades. Here’s why and how to make your bathroom greener.

Top 5 Sustainable Bathroom Features

  1. Smart Showerheads and Faucets

    • Install low-flow fixtures to save water, gas, and electricity. Look for the WaterSense label for certified efficiency.  There are also low-water and dual flush toiled available for minimum water usage.
  2. Radiant Heated Floors

    • More efficient than baseboard or forced-air systems, radiant heating is perfect for renovations and great for allergy sufferers.  You may laugh that a Tucson floor shouldn't need heat, but many of my clients add that upgrade!  Desert nights can be cool!
  3. Lighting Upgrades

    • Switch to LED bulbs for energy savings.
    • Use vacancy sensors to automatically turn off lights.
    • Maximize natural light with high windows for privacy and sunlight.
  4. Low-VOC Paints and Finishes

    • Improve air quality with low-VOC paints like Benjamin Moore or Glidden Premium, especially for high-humidity areas.  More and more folks are asking for "safe" homes with lower emissions, no-fragrance, etc. 
  5. Sustainable Countertops

    • Choose natural, locally-sourced materials like stone, concrete, certified porcelain tiles, or recycled glass. Avoid composites with adhesives.

By focusing on these features, you can turn your bathroom into a model of sustainability, saving resources and appealing to today's eco-minded homeowners and perhaps, your next home-buyer!  (Next project - the kitchen!!)

Here's a quick link for current Tucson Homes for Sale with updated bathrooms, and remodeled bathrooms

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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Designated Broker, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes     520-909-2988   

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

All great ways to reduce your footprint in the bathroom. Nice post.

May 22, 2024 12:23 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Thanks Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 No one wants "footprints" in their home!!  😉😉

May 22, 2024 03:58 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Hi, Cara. Thank you for sharing this post. Have a great week.

May 22, 2024 03:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Cara,

I can believe living in the desert,  water conservation is paramount! You are right bathrooms use more water than we think so making bathrooms more eco-friendly is a must!

May 22, 2024 05:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

@find it interesting that I see photos of Scottsdale AZ with fountains and golf courses greener than green nice to get another perspective, Endre

May 22, 2024 11:49 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Endre Barath, Jr.   I'm pretty sure those are kept vibrant with reclaimed water!  We use it in many neighborhoods within Tucson as well, but we don't have nearly the green grass that they do up there, and it's generally 5 degrees hotter in summer!  (and yes, that makes a difference)

May 24, 2024 09:35 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being that the earth is 70% water, I have never really understood being short on water, and I still don't, haha.

May 23, 2024 05:43 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I've often thought they ought to have huge pipelines sucking up all the floodwaters of Texas, leading to the more drought-heavy states Brian England 

May 24, 2024 09:36 AM